Games industry analysts have already given his insights with US sales predictions for the month of July, practically ahead of the official market data by the NPD Group which is expected to be released this Thursday.
Michael Pachter from Wedbush Morgan and his fellow analyst firm EEDAR predicts Xbox 360 to be the king of the gaming platform sales for the seventh consecutive month, ahead of Nintendo’s DS, Wii and it’s direct rival, the PlayStation 3 (PS3).
Sony’s current generation home console is the only system both analyst firms expect to pitch an improvement over last July’s sales total. In the meantime, 3DS sales are forecast to take in second-bottom spot, ahead of PSP only, unless you still giving PS2 a real stat worthy.
Wedbush / EEDAR July sales estimates (change year-on-year):
360 – 350,000 (-21%) / 401,000 (-10%)
DS – 315,000 (-21%) / 310,000 (-22%)
Wii – 230,000 (-9%) / 225,000 (-11%)
PS3 – 220,000 (+3%) / 229,000 (+7%)
3DS – 110,000 (n/a) / 100,000 (n/a)
PSP – 90,000 (+7%) / 80,000 (-5%)
PS2 – 10,000 (-59%) / n/a
Total – 1,325,000 (-7%) / 1,345,000 (-5%)
While on the software side of the gaming performance, Pachter said he expects July sales to be given a lead by new release NCAA Football 12, with continued solid sales of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Infamous 2 and LA Noire.